Tech News Today 456

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Episode 456

Tech News Today 456: When The Pig Hits The Foam

New ARM design has years of battery life, is the Apple TV set in production? Most backwards digital upgrade scheme ever, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Yahoo sues Facebook for infringing 10 patents
  • Yahoo Sues Facebook In A Web Patent Shakedown
  • Facebook: Yahoo’s patent suit ‘puzzling’
  • Yahoo! Crosses The Line
  • Why It's Mathematically Impossible To Avoid Infringing On Software Patents
  • A Patent Lie: How Yahoo Weaponized My Work
    • As we mentioned briefly in News Fuse yesterday Yahoo has made good on their threat to sue Facebook, filing in San Jose, California federal court over 10 patents, most of which focus on advertising
    • Facebook spokesman Jonathan Thaw said Facebook found out through the media: "We're disappointed that Yahoo, a longtime business partner of Facebook and a company that has substantially benefited from its association with Facebook, has decided to resort to litigation,"
    • As we discussed previously, Pre-IPO companies are vulnerable and Yahoo got Google to settle in their pre-IPO days.
    • Yahoo has over 3,300 patents and published patent applications, while Facebook has 160.
    • Yahoo asks the court for triple damages, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest on those damages, all court costs, and — ka-boom — that Facebook be “immediately, preliminarily, and permanently enjoined from further infringement of the patents-in-suit.”
    • “Yahoo! has broken ranks and crossed the unspoken line which is that web companies don’t sue each other over their bogus patent portfolios,” writes venture capitalist Fred Wilson. “I don’t think there’s a unique idea out there in the web space and hasn’t been for well over a decade. Pretty much everything useful is based on prior art going back before the commercial web existed.”
  • [Apple hit with Siri suit over what the program can really do]
  • So Sirious: iPhone User Sues Apple over Voice-Activated Assistant
    • Frank M. Fazio has launched a class action suit against Apple over Siri.
    • claiming the feature can't understand directions, locate nearby stores, and often produces incorrect answers.
    • The lawsuit, which asks for unspecified damages, says Siri is “at best, a work-in-progress.”
    • In many of Apple’s television advertisements, individuals are shown using Siri to make appointments, find restaurants, and even learn the guitar chords to classic rock songs or how to tie a tie. In the commercials, all of these tasks are done with ease with the assistance of the iPhone 4S’s Siri feature, a represented functionality contrary to the actual operating results and performance of Siri.

Discussion Stories

  • Why Twitter Bought Posterous: Talent And Apple
    • Twitter bought Posterous for undisclosed amount (Posterous raised $10 in venture capital), FC dug into employee details to draw conclusion this is all about Apple, iOS, & OS X
    • Posterous CEO/Founder Sachin Agarwal is now Twitter Product Manager. Worked at Apple almost 6 years, held "senior software engineer" title. Video background, helped build FCP. At Posterous he oversaw product, engineering, and operations. QUOTE: "It's fitting to be going to the only company Apple chooses to integrate deeply with. Apple has definitely picked a side in social networking, and it's Twitter."
    • Chief Product Officer Brian Frank now Mobile Partnership Product Manager at Twitter, "working with OEMs, Operators & Platform providers to build high-quality Twitter experiences." Could mean working with Apple, or anyone else
    • Dir. Mobile Engineering Adam Huda now iOS Engineer at Twitter. Used to work at Apple, worked on iOS 2.0 & OS X Leopard, also led iOS teams at Posterous. Knows mobile, knows Apple.
  • ARM Cortex-M0+ targets low power tech
  • Arm's latest processors aim to stretch internet's reach
    • ARM unveiled update to pdate to the ARM Cortex-M0 MCU called the Cortex -M0+: "world's most energy-efficient microprocessor"
    • NXP Semiconductors and Freescale have already licensed it
    • 1mm x 1mm 32 bit draws 1/3 less energy than 8-16 bit predecessors
    • Draws virtually no power when in sleep mode
    • will sell for around 13-20 pence per device
    • Lots of talk about Internet of Things
  • Walmart in-store disc to digital UltraViolet conversion gets official
    • Starting April 16th, in more than 3,500 Wal-Marts, you'll be able to bring your DVD or Blu-ray discs in and have 'em added to your Vudu movie collection.
    • Will cost you $2 or $5 to make it HD
    • you can now buy UltraViolet movies via Vudu and watch them via other UV supported sources
    • Five major studios are participating in the service: Paramount, Universal, Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.
    • No Disney

News Fuse






"Hey everyone,

I have emailed the show before about using podcasting etc in class. Your discussion yesterday about the notion of watching lectures in the students' time and then having discussions etc during class piqued my interest.

Like most profs I have had a problem with people using social media tools in class while I am lecturing. So, in a recent neuropharmacology class I had the powerpoint slides on one screen, and on the other screen I had a live twitter feed with the hashtag #PSY3506. I would lecture, and, now and then check out the twitter stream. Now, most of the comments were standard snarky ones (which I quite enjoy) and I wondered if this was not a great idea. After class the people who were using twitter talked to me about the experience. They all said roughly the same thing. They paid more attention than usual (one assumes, in order to come up with good snarky lines). So, I may do this again in some classes.

Here are a couple of pics:

David R Brodbeck, PhD"



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